I am the only person I know who doesn’t get excited by the thought of riding a horse in a beautiful, exotic place.
3 Reasons Horseback Riding is Over-Rated
Maybe my ass is not properly designed to sit in a saddle. All I know, is it hurts.
It hurts the whole time.
I have been told that when a horse breaks into a gallop, you are no longer getting beaten to death but rather become part of the horse’s movement.
The problem is that in order to gallop, you need to know how to ride a horse, which requires you to well, ride a horse a lot. If you try to pretend you know what you are doing in order to get the horse that has NOT been trained to only walk or trot, then you run the risk of falling off that horse because you don’t really know what the hell you are doing.
(Seriously, I saw a girl who had fallen off her horse on a different tour the day after this ride. She did not look good and could barely walk.)
It is nearly impossible to take good photos.
The other downside of horses that are trained to just follow the leader is that they won’t stop when you want them to. I will admit that maybe I just don’t know what I am doing, but no amount of pulling on the reins would get my horse to stop for more than one second.
I did my best to take a one-handed shot with my heavy D-SLR while holding the reins with my other hand and trying to time the click when I was in mid-air versus crashing my ass down on the horse.
Of course, the changing landscapes were incredible.
It made me want to take photos that much more.
I did the best I could.
Bodily functions happen constantly.
I’m talking about the horses of course. Call me crazy, but I just don’t enjoy watching the horse in front of me crap every few minutes and then swish his tail around to make the smell waft in my direction.
So why do it?
It may the best (or only) way to see all the places you want to see in a day.
In this case, I would have had to take two or three day hiking tours in order to see all of these beautiful landscapes around Tupiza.
Tupiza is Bolivia’s version of The Wild West.
As you can see, it looks like The Wild West. So you gotta get out on a horse and wear a cowboy hat.
In addition, this small town was the hideout for two of the most famous North American bank-robbers of all time. Read more about the history and mythology surrounding the Bolivian adventures of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
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This was actually part of a Triathlon Tour, involving a Jeep ride, cycling, and horseback riding. There were many more gorgeous landscapes. Check out the full photo album.
What do you think? Do you say yes or no to horseback riding?